We use bleach for a variety of different things. Bleach does everything from lightening hair to killing germs that are present in our kitchens and bathrooms. Although bleach is so helpful, it has also been linked with various health problems. Before you decide to utilize this chemical, you should look at the pros and cons of using bleach.
First, as mentioned above, bleach does a great job protecting you and your loved ones from germs and other microbes that can be hazardous to your health. Because bleach kills viruses as well as bacteria, it is a good all-purpose cleaner for “germy” areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. Additionally, because bleach can be manufactured in a chlorine form, it is often added to pool water to kill amoebas and bacteria in the water to protect you as you swim.
Next, bleach is well-known as a whitener and brightener. For people wishing to turn their dark locks blonder, bleach strips your hair of its color so that it can be dyed any way you choose, or just left blonde. As well as hair, bleach strips color from clothing. Although pure bleach can damage your clothing fibers, when it is added as an ingredient to stain removers, it can be very effective at removing dark stains such as ketchup, wine, and grass. Now, laundry detergent manufacturers can combine bleach with other chemicals so that it brightens your whites without stripping your clothing of all its color.
On the other hand, bleach can be very harmful, especially when combined with other chemicals. If inhaled as a gas, bleach fumes can cause breathing problems, headaches, loss of consciousness, and nausea. Additionally, those with asthma and chronic bronchitis as well as other lung disorders should avoid these chemical fumes because it can worsen their condition.
If bleach is used with a product containing ammonia, such as some glass cleaners, it can form chlorine gas. Chlorine gas is so hazardous to your health that is was actually used as a weapon in chemical warfare during WWI and WWII. It irritates the linings of the eyes, throat, and lungs. Because it is heavier than oxygen, it can accumulate at lower levels. If you are using these products to clean your house, try not to have your head very low if you are scrubbing floors. Additionally, make sure that the area is well-ventilated.
Lastly, bleach can also irritate your skin. If you have noticed skin redness, rashes, and sensitivity after swimming in a pool, the bleach in the water could have caused these problems.
Your household products should warn you if they contain this toxic substance. While bleach can be helpful, you should know how to properly handle the substance as well as use it in moderation to protect your health. Sadly, sometimes product labels fail to warn consumers of the dangers that are associated with the product, such as bleach in toilet cleaners.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a product due to mislabeling, you should speak to an attorney about product liability. For more information, talk to a personal injury and product liability lawyer from the firm of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., today.